Radical University Of Virginia Students Call Thomas Jefferson Statue ‘Emblem Of White Supremacy’
A coalition of far-left student groups at the University of Virginia has issued a lengthy set of demands which describes Thomas Jefferson as “an emblem of white supremacy” and calls on officials at the taxpayer-funded school to set racial quotas for admissions and faculty.
The Minority Rights Coalition at the University of Virginia issued the set of 10 demands earlier this week to coincide with an event called the “March to Reclaim Our Grounds.”
“UVA’s historical landscape must be balanced,” the list of demands announces. “The statue of Jefferson serves as an emblem of white supremacy, and should be re-contextualized with a plaque to include that history.”
The student coalition also wants to force all students the prestigious public school to submit to training about “white supremacy” in connection with Jefferson,
“All students, regardless of area of study, should have required education (either inside or outside the classroom) on white supremacy, colonization, and slavery as they directly relate to Thomas Jefferson, the University and the city of Charlottesville,” the set of demands says.
A third demand seeks a declaration that the expansive campus lawn become “a residential space.” Such a declaration is necessary, the protesting students say, to prevent people from carrying concealed guns and open flames.
A fourth demand relates to a donation the University of Virginia received 96 years ago. “Acknowledge the $1,000 gift to the University’s Centennial Fund received from the KKK,” the demands say. “Re-invest this amount, adjusted for inflation, into existing UVa and Charlottesville multicultural organizations.”
After adjusting for inflation, $1,000 in 1921 is worth $12,883.47 in current dollars.
Still other demands from the Minority Rights Coalition include the creation of an affirmative action quota policy which would roughly double black student enrollment (from 6.4 percent to 12 percent) and increase the percentage of black faculty members dramatically.
The Minority Rights Coalition also wants to rename buildings currently named after “prominent white supremacists, eugenicists, or slaveholders” and to ban Richard Spencer — a University of Virginia alumnus — from campus
In addition to the Black Student Alliance, over a dozen other student groups have signed on to the set of demands. The other groups include the Latinx Student Association, the Native American Student Union, the Asian Student Union and, of course, a group called Feminism is for Everyone.
The “March to Reclaim Our Grounds” occurred on Monday. Several hundred students marched through the University of Virginia campus in response to last Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally at which a Nazi sympathizer allegedly killed a woman and injured 19 other people with his gray Dodge Challenger.
Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819.
A University of Virginia spokeswoman told The Daily Caller she is not sure how many statues honoring Jefferson appear on the school’s campus.
The campus is designated as a UNESCO collegiate world heritage site.